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First ‘silent’ railway track to be installed in UK
04/07/2012 | Channel:
Infrastructure, Business Improvement, New Products & Services
Innovative railway track that reduces train noise has been installed for the first time in the UK at Blackfriars station in London.
The special railway track, called SilentTrack®, was developed by British scientists and engineers at Tata Steel. It will reduce rail traffic noise in and around Blackfriars by up to 50 per cent. The installation of 0.8 miles (1.3km) of SilentTrack is part of the Thameslink Programme.
SilentTrack, which is already in operation in 13 countries, uses patented dampers attached to the sides of railway track to absorb vibration in the track as trains move over it, which reduces their overall noise impact. The dampers are made in the UK from Scunthorpe-made steel encased in a rubber-like material, and are acoustically tuned to the track.